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    Excellent

    I really like this one. I thought the MC of Julie Chandler and Lawson Phillips were both quite intriguing. I must say I didn't feel the chemistry between them that I wanted but they did work well both together and individually. Julie came to Seaside, NC after a particularly bad breakup and as hard as she's tried she can't find a job. She's down to her last ditch effort when she pitches an idea for a yoga class for troubled veterans and enlisted military. She's given a very tentative go ahead on the program so she has a month to prove how effective it can be. Lawson is dealing with a loss of his crew after a helicopter accident. He hasn't been able to fly since and if he doesn't get his PTSD under control soon his flying career will be up in smoke. When his therapists orders him to attend a new therapeutic yoga class as part of his rehabilitation he can't believe it. One look at the instructor though and he's willing to give it a chance! This was a great read and it's definitely one I would recommend.
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    Emotional read

    I was so excited to see Julie & Lawson's story. It's not an easy series to read - things are light and it doesn't go by fast. It's something you have to digest because it is full of emotion and requires a slower pace to really appreciate it. (And even though this is the second story, it can stand on its own.) Neither Lawson nor Julie are really ready for a relationship because both of them have issues they need to work through. But what the mind knows is right isn't necessarily what the heart wants. They do take their time, spending time together and getting to know one another better. It's a slow build and a sweet one. And you'll find yourself hoping that they find a way to work things out. I did feel like maybe Lawson didn't address his survivor's guilt as much as he should have. Of course, we got the resolution of his issues with flying but I think there was more there that could have been explored. I did like that Julie did resolve things with her ex. That was an important step for her to make. Even though this series take a little more effort than I'm used to because of its depth, I'm definitely enjoying it and I'm looking forward to seeing what Rains brings us next. She has options (and I'm really hoping one of them is the guy who lost his leg in the crash that grounded Lawson). Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
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    Loved it!

    A story that made me smile, laugh out loud, shed a tear, and sigh so deeply, while telling a tale of love, and loss, and the aftermath of war, and the mark it leaves on the military personnel. One thing I didn't expect from the story, was to learn so much about yoga, as an exercise, as stress relief, as a way to cope with life, and as in Lawson and Julie's case, even as flirting. I really enjoyed Lawson and Julie together. They were making an effort, an effort to get to know each other better, and effort to ease and help each other in everyday life, as well as they could, an effort to make the relationship work and develop. They are both the kind of characters that are easy to like, and relate to. They didn't let their troubles to define them, but fought to get over the fumbles life gave them. The passion, adoration, and attraction they had for each other is not only sizzling, but charming, gentle and lovable as well. The stress and impact of a war zone on the soldiers, the cold sweats, nightmares, fears, and angst were dealt with respect, honoring the military in their difficult task. The supporting characters fit well into the tale, contributing more insight to the lives and history of Lawson and Julie. A well thought out plot, with multiple layers of interests, in a story that flows off the pages, and touches the heart and mind of the reader, with characters that will linger in the thoughts long after, while being as entertaining as poignant deserves nothing less than ~ Five Spoons!
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    Really Good

    I received this book as an ARC from Net Galley for an honest review & my thoughts are WOW! Two people both battling something that if they fail will alter their worlds. Lawson a Marine captain is trying to get his career back on track after crashing a helicopter in Afghanistan & loosing one of his men. Now he wakes up from nightmares of the crash & can't seem to go anywhere near a helicopter without breaking out in a cold sweat & wanting to vomit. Julie is trying to get her life back on track after leaving a very abusive relationship of 3yrs. Now she's trying to do something to give back to the men & women serving the military that are battling demons the only way she knows how...with her Yoga. Lawson & Julie know each other from a year ago when her sister married his best friend now retired from the Marines. Their first meeting doesn't go well to say the least, but when Lawson is ordered by his base psychiatrist to take Yoga classes they begin to see who each other really are even though they both know that a relationship right now would be a mistake. Defeintely recommend. I enjoyed this book as much as I enjoyed the 1st book in this series. I'm hoping that the next book is on Griffin another best friend of Lawson's because he's so cocky I can't wait to see him fall.
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    Another beautiful story by Annie Rains

    I loved Welcome To Forever so much I wasn't sure I'd ever manage to like another book half as much. Annie Rains didn't disappoint with this new story, and pulled me right into the book, making me fall in love once again with her characters, the small town setting and an emotional story that made my heart soar. I think I'll never get enough of this series! I loved reading Lawson and Julie's interactions. When they started getting closer, my heart swelled at the sweet, romantic and funny scenes. What I liked about these two was that they never failed to bring a smile to my face. Their banter was sweet, sometimes sexy and sometimes downright romantic. Page after page I felt a little closer to them, felt Lawson's pain and fear of failure, of failing his sister, his niece and even Julie. I felt Julie's insecurities, her struggle to stay away from Lawson even as he was all she could think about. I loved the building of the romance between them, and was pained when they reached their dark moment and everything seemed lost. Just like in book one, Annie Rains has a way of pulling the reader into the story; with every story I feel like she's wrapping a warm, fuzzy blanket of emotion around me and taking me on a beautiful journey toward a happily ever after that won't fail to leave me with a contented smile and a heart full of emotions. I truly loved this book. I could go on and on about the many reasons why I loved this book, but sometimes words just aren't enough. Just trust me when I say all you really need to do is read this book asap! If you've read Welcome To Forever, I have no doubt you'll enjoy this book just as much. If you still have to discover Annie Rains book, Welcome Home Cowboy works perfectly as a standalone, but I recommend reading book one, too once you've finished this, just because it's a wonderful story! ***I received a complimentary NetGalley copy in exchange for an honest review***
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